Health Matters: It's flu shot time

In this week's news of note Inv Vax reported positive preclinical results for a universal flu vaccine candidate

In this week's news of note Inv Vax reported positive preclinical results for a universal flu vaccine candidate

Seasonal flu vaccines are now available for free at public hospitals and health clinics throughout the Cayman Islands.

It will take place on the second floor of the Police Department Thursday from 3pm-5pm.

It is a first come, first served basis.

The U.S. 2018-19 flu season officially started on September 30, according to the Clinton County Health Department. It usually doesn't arrive until January or so so this is early.

This is why the flu shot, plus precautions like staying home if you are sick, sneezing/coughing into your sleeve and the disinfection of surfaces are the best way to prevent getting and/or spreading the flu virus. Dr. Jon LaPook joins "CBS This Morning" to break down the myths of the flu shot and make a house call for our co-hosts.

It takes approximately two weeks following vaccination to develop maximum protection against flu.

Besides getting a flu shot, is there anything else we can do to help protect ourselves and others?

Between Oct. 7-13, there were 64 lab-confirmed cases of the flu across the state, according to the New York State Department of Health.

Although everyone can get the flu, certain individuals are at higher risk for flu complications including difficulty breathing, pneumonia, or requiring hospitalization.

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Last season almost 80,000 Americans died from the virus - the highest number since modern tracking began.

A 2018 Canadian study found that people are six times more likely to have a heart attack in the weeks after having the flu, and this risk may be higher among those 65 years and older.

The flu vaccine does not give you the flu. "They just want people to get something, which is much better than nothing".

These temperatures are not truly considered a fever and if you are not dealing with a moderate to severe illness, you should have no problem with the flu jab. I would always recommend getting an influenza vaccine every year. In addition, vaccination during pregnancy helps protect the baby from the influenza virus during the first few months of life, because the vaccinated pregnant mother can pass protective antibodies to baby during pregnancy. I know it wasn't from the shot because outside of the live attenuated nasal spray, all the other vaccines do not contain live virus.

Parents and guardians of young children should also be aware that all children between the ages of 6 months and 59 months attending a City-licensed day care, Head Start, pre-K or nursery school must receive one dose of influenza vaccine between July 1 and December 31 of each year.

Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past. It's been around a long time and sometimes, when people can't get flu vaccines, we'll use it for prevention.

An Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan and most other billable insurance plans are covered under Campus Health, and these plans also cover the $27 bill.

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